"Ultimately it's up to us, if we're going to keep our mind in it and stay focused," [Darren] Carrington said. "Some of us didn't play a lot in the beginning of the season, but when the time comes you've got to have your head on straight and be ready to go. If you keep practicing hard and do what Lubick says, you're going to be ready to play."
■ Andrew Greif examines the special team units between Oregon and FSU.
■ Marcus Mariota was named the AP Player of the Year yesterday and will find himself on the next cover of Sports Illustrated.
■ Nice story about a key part of the football team, the ball boy.
■ Tyler Anderson was recently added to the Colorado Rockies 40-man roster moving him one step closer to becoming the first Oregon Ducks player in the modern era to play Major League Baseball.
■ Alex Kirby looks at the art and science of the blitz.
■ Thomas Tyner says he is ready to play in the Rose Bowl.
■ Dale Newton says to survive the spear the Ducks have to pound the rock.
Establishing the run keeps pressure off Marcus Mariota, keeps Oregon in favorable third down situations, and ramps up the effectiveness of the down-field play action passing game. The balance forces opponents to cover the whole field.